A Note on the Photographs
For this book we wanted photographs that avoid a colonial gaze, as the whole point of Ise’s way of giving is that it needs to be an act of solidarity, not charity – that those who receive the money need to be the ones deciding where and how they spend it. We believe this kind of giving makes true liberation and transformation of society a much more viable possibility than is currently the case in philanthropy. We felt Muholi’s body of work – including their documentation of queer and trans African people, communities, and movements – best expresses this aspiration.
Ise Bosch’s money started and still supports the international work of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which in turn has long been funding the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW). Muholi co-founded FEW in 2002, and this is where their photography became intertwined with activism.